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SkyRoads Xmas Special (DOS)

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Written by  :  Johan Palme (8)
Written on  :  Aug 22, 2000
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Summary

More of the same; Much more of the same

The Good

Of course, the positive aspects of SkyRoads have all been carried accross into this level pack, thus making it a fast, addictive jumper/racer/puzzler, and a welcome add-on for all addicts of the original out there. The sheer size of the pack is also wonderful- It's the same size as the original, 30 tracks, that all feel reasonably worked through, ten new good-looking backgrounds, as well as new music. This is obviously a very positive thing, as it literally doubles your playing time.

The Bad

Obviously, it lacks the freshness of the first game- unlike many level packs, it does not attempt to remedy this by adding new gameplay elements (new tiles, for example), instead just giving you more of the same type of levels. These also somehow lack the supreme quality of many of SkyRoads's levels, though there are a few that go up with the best SkyRoads had to offer. SkyRoads exhausted most of the possibilities of the setup already. Also, all of the problems of the original carry across, with duff backgrounds (I could almost swear some of them are just minor variations of ones in the original) and grating music, and the same lack of options.

The Bottom Line

For better or worse, it is more of the same. For SkyRoads fans, this is definately worth a look as the difficulty level is slightly higher and you finally get to play more once you've mastered SkyRoads. (Sadly, this game which seems perfect for a level editor never had one.) For others, I suggest you play the original first.